International Frontiers and Boundaries

25 June 2008

International Frontiers and Boundaries is the new book co-authored by the Dean, Professor Gillian Triggs and Emeritus Professor Victor Prescott from the University of Melbourne.

The book is designed as a companion to The Maritime Political Boundaries of the World (Chapters 3 and 5) (April, 2005), American Society of International Law and a suitable successor to G Triggs and V Prescott, Territorial Boundaries: Legal and Political Issues (Brill Publishers, November 2007).

"International frontiers and boundaries separate land, rivers and lakes subject to different sovereignties," said Professor Triggs.

"Frontiers are zones of varying widths and they were common many centuries ago. By 1900 frontiers had almost disappeared and had been replaced by boundaries that are lines.

"The diverse nature of frontiers and boundaries has formed the focus of interndisciplinary studies by economists, geographers, historians, lawyers and political scientists.

"Scholars from these disciplines have produced a rich literature dealing with frontiers and boundaries. We surveyed this extensive literature and summarised the themes which have attracted the most attention."

The book falls into three sections:

  • The first section deals systematically with frontiers, boundary evolution and boundary disputes.
  • The second considers aspects of international law related to boundaries, and deals with international law and territorial boundaries as well as river boundaries and international law.
  • The third consists of seven regional chapters that examine the evolution of boundaries in the Americas, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, islands off SoutheastAsia and Antarctica.

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